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Olga Strandell

Olga is the director of Storytime Learning Center.

Born in Ukraine, she moved to the Chicagoland area as a young child. She now resides in the North Shore with her husband and two children. Olga holds two degrees in early childhood and biochemistry. She has been teaching children of early childhood age for nearly ten years.

Olga’s lifelong passion for early childhood education blossoming from the birth of her daughter has brought her to study the various dimensions of the childhood experience. She has studied and received training on traditional early childhood education along with progressive models including Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia.

Her philosophy of education focuses on introducing developmentally appropriate activities while reaching milestones of a child’s life between birth and age 7. Storytime Learning Center is the culmination of years of creating the ideal learning space for children, a program with balances free play with structured activities, supports early academics, and fosters creative artistic expression.

Ms. Iuliia

Ms. Iuliia is originally from Ukraine but for the past 11 years has lived in Chicago area with her husband and lovely son, who also attends Storytime Learning Center.

She graduated from the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathion National University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philology (English Language and Literature). She speaks multiple languages including Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and English.

She enjoys working with young children, and as a language specialist, she strives to give children the language developmental skills they will need to succeed in communication. She looks forward to work with your bundle of joy.

Ms. Volha

Ms. Volha arrived in the United States in 2016 from Belarus.

Ms. Volha graduated from Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio electronics in Belarus. She holds Bachelors and has her Masters in Electronic Engineering. Additionally, she completed classes in Psychology and Pedagogy. As a lifelong learner, Volha is continuing her studies, with an emphasis on early childhood education and excitement to work with children.

She is a young, energetic and happy mother and wife. Her daughter has changed her life and world views for the better. Inspiring Volha to pursue a career in early childhood education and make a difference in children’s lives. The sounds of joy and glee a child expresses when they grasp a new skill or concept make Volha a happy to be a part of an unconditional world.

Ms. Kayla

I am the lead pre-kindergarten teacher here at Storytime Learning Center. I have been working with children since 2007. I started working with children while in high school; that’s where I fell in love with it. I have worked with children from birth to middle school age. My favorite group is from 3 to 5 years, because their personalities really begin to come out. Throughout my career, I started as an assistant teacher and not long after become a lead teacher. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. In the recent years, I have become director qualified. My dream is to one day become a director and start a family of my own. But until then, I am loving every second of being the teacher my students need and love.

Ms. Tatiana

I was born in Belarus and graduated from the Pedagogical College majoring in Early Childhood Education. When I moved to the United States, I become interested in the Montessori philosophy of teaching. I graduated from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center and received the Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society. I have experience working with children for over 20 years. I love children and I like working with them. I am a mom of two sons and my favorite animal is hippopotamus.

Ms. Galina

I have over 20 years of experience in working with children. I started my career as an early childhood teacher back in Ukraine. I graduated from Lviv Pedagogical College with the specialty of Early Childhood Education. I then moved to the United States in 2006 and decided to continue following my passion overseas. I am told that I have a kind heart and loving personality. Children connect with me almost instantly, and I like to think that we can create a bond that will last for a lifetime.


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